JOSHUA HEDLEY’S DEBUT ALBUM MR. JUKEBOX OUT APRIL 20 ON THIRD MAN RECORDS TITLE TRACK PREMIERED BY NPR MUSIC “SONGS WE LOVE” AND TOUR DATES CONFIRMED
February 1, 2018
“HEDLEY IS DRIVEN BY A SIMILAR GOAL: TO MAKE MUSIC THAT HONORS TRADITION IN A PERSONAL AND HEARTFELT WAY.” – NPR MUSIC “SONGS WE LOVE”
Mr. Jukebox, the highly anticipated debut album from Joshua Hedley, will be released April 20 on Third Man Records and is now available for pre-order.
In advance of the release, the title track is premiering today as part of NPR Music’s “Songs We Love” series. Watch/share the song’s official music video HERE. Of Hedley, NPR Music’s Ann Powers praises, “When he began writing and singing in a voice sent down by an Eddy Arnold-loving angel, he found that he could use the well-worn tropes of the Nashville Sound in deeply personal, convincing ways” and continues, “The first country artist to sign to Jack White’s Third Man Records since [Margo] Price’s rise to fame, Hedley is driven by a similar goal: to make music that honors tradition in a personal and heartfelt way.”
Hedley will tour throughout 2018 in support of the record, including stops at SXSW, High Water Festival, Stagecoach and Pickathon as well as album release shows at Brooklyn’s Union Pool, Nashville’s The Basement East and L.A.’s The Roxy and Hi Hat. See below for full tour details.
Produced by Skylar Wilson and Jordan Lehning, the 10-track album features nine original songs as well as a version of “When You Wish Upon A Star.” In addition to Hedley on vocals and fiddle, the album featuresEddie Lange on steel guitar/guitar, Jeremy Fetzer from Steelism on guitar/baritone guitar, Michael Rinne on bass, Jon Radford on drums/percussion and Micah Hulscher on piano/organ.
Hedley comments, “It’s not a throwback. It sounds new because it is new, and it sounds the way it sounds because it’s the only thing I know how to do. I can’t write a song that sounds different. Classic country is like a suit. Nothing about a men’s suit has changed in like 100 years. Classic never goes out of style. Something can’t be a throwback if it’s never been out of style.” He continues, “I just want people to remember they have feelings, and that they’re valid. Not everything is Coors Light and tailgates. There are other aspects of life that aren’t so great that people experience. They’re part of life, part of what shapes people. And that’s worth noting.”
photo credit: Jamie Goodsell
A Florida native, Hedley felt inexplicably drawn toward the fiddle as a child. He first asked for one at age 3. His mom listened to Neil Diamond and his dad listened to Otis Redding––they didn’t see the request coming––but when he asked again five years later, they were struck by the longing’s staying power and, at 8 years-old, he finally got his hands on his very own instrument. He went on to perform at the local VFW and American Legion and, at 12, joined his first band. His bandmates were in their 40s. Around the same time, Hedley visited Nashville with his parents and immediately knew that he belonged. At 19, he made the move and began sneaking into Robert’s Western World––too young to drink legally and too wild to care. Hedley went on to become a featured performer and in-demand sideman at the now legendary spot and, ultimately, a well-respected frontman. Armed with an easy croon and prodigious fiddle playing, he became known by peers as the Mayor of Lower Broad. In the years since, he’s performed with artists including Jonny Fritz, Justin Townes Earle and more and was featured prominently in the the 2015 documentary, Heartworn Highways Revisited.
- JUKEBOX TRACK LIST
- Counting All My Tears
- Mr. Jukebox
- Weird Thought Thinker
- Let’s Take A Vacation
- These Walls
- I Never (Shed A Tear)
- This Time
- Don’t Waste Your Tears
- Let Them Talk
- When You Wish Upon A Star
JOSHUA HEDLEY CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
March 14–17—Austin, TX—SXSW
April 12—London, U.K.—The Waiting Room
April 18—Brooklyn, NY—Union Pool
April 21–22—Charleston, SC—High Water Festival
April 24—Nashville, TN—The Basement East
April 27—Indio, CA—Stagecoach Festival
April 30—West Hollywood, CA—The Roxy
May 1—Los Angeles, CA—Hi Hat
May 3—Evanston, IL—SPACE
May 4—Minneapolis, MN—7th St Entry
May 5—Davenport, IA—Raccoon Motel
August 2–5—Happy Valley, OR—Pickathon
For any inquiries, please contact Aaron Sawyer and Jessi Tichenor firstname.lastname@example.org.